Outdoor Activities » Salt Lake City, UT

Outdoor Activities in Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City is famous for its mountains, rivers, canyons and valleys, making it the perfect place to find a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages.
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Great Salt Lake Experience

Experience the Great Salt Lake by climbing aboard a twenty seven foot sail boat. Captain JR will teach your team of up to six people all you ever wanted to know about sailing, including information about the Great Salt Lake and the eco system the lake supports. This is a great team building experience. Captain JR has been sailing for nearly thirty years, and has sailed many of the lakes and rivers in the United States and Canada. He has been sailing the Great Salt Lake since moving to Utah in 1990. Choose between day sails or sunset cruises. These tours are available year round, so make sure you dress appropriately for the season you choose to sail. If you choose to take sailing even one step further, lessons are also available. 

Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden is Salt Lake City's botanical garden. Located on the East bench by the University of Utah, Red Butte Garden is a great place to spend a day in the outdoors. They are open year round, and offer miles of trails to walk, run or hike. You can check out an adventure backpack at the gift shop to experience with a group, or spend the day wandering the gardens on your own. There are areas available throughout the garden where you can stop and have a picnic lunch. They offer many different classes to help you learn about the gardens and gardening. Chairs, tables and sun umbrellas are placed in the Four Seasons Courtyard, making it a great place for a garden club or book club. 

Silver Lake Boardwalk

Silver Lake Boardwalk is an easy walking trail that circles Silver Lake at Brighton Ski Resort. It is a great place to walk with a group of friends or by yourself. Because of the diverse wildlife that reside there, it is a great place for birdwatching, and you will also see a wide variety of native Utah animals. Located up Big Cottonwood Canyon, it is easy to get to from Salt Lake City. Because it is an easy walk, it the perfect place for families with young children, older parents, or those with limited walking abilities to enjoy the outdoors. Picnic tables and benches are located around the lake, making it a great place to enjoy an afternoon picnic. The hike around the lake usually takes about thirty minutes, but you will probably spend more time looking at all Silver Lake has to offer. 

Carriage For Hire

One of the best ways to see Salt Lake City is aboard a horse-drawn carriage ride. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, you will find Carriage For Hire waiting at the South gates of Temple Square. With different tours to choose from, you can return many times and see a different part of Salt Lake City's outdoors. Tours available include City History Tour, Historic Mansion Tour, Memory Grove, City Creek, City Ride and Gateway Center Tour. Christmas Lights Ride is also available during the Holiday season. Carriage For Hire operates six days a week, mostly at nights, unless otherwise requested or during summer hours. 

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

The Utah Heritage Foundation has created a self-guided walking tour of downtown Salt Lake City. You can download the map and tour information on their website, and set out on your own or with a group. The tour is broken up into five one-hour sections so that you can do a mini tour if you do not have a lot of time, or spend the entire day seeing it all. Some of the sites you will see on this tour include art deco style buildings, Salt Lake City's oldest commercial building and buildings that the pioneers built when they first arrived in the Salt Lake valley. Other tours offered by the Utah Heritage Foundation include Tracks To Trax and Historic South Temple Street.